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In his 1975 book "Without Feathers," Woody Allen included a chapter titled "A Guide to Some of the Lesser Ballets," in which he provided plot synopses of nonexistent dance dramas. They won't be nonexistent much longer. Through the efforts of Allen's friend, actress Paula Prentiss, the choreographic rights to Allen's warped vision of Terpsichore have been granted to Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, the enterprising company that previously turned "The Little Prince" into a full-evening ballet. The Allen suite is scheduled to premiere in February at the Japan America Theatre, choreographed by former Royal Ballet character-dance specialist Stanley Holden. "A Day in the Life of a Doe" is the shortest of Allen's summaries. "Unbearably lovely music is heard as the curtain rises," the synopsis reads, "and we see the woods on a summer afternoon. A fawn dances on and nibbles slowly at some leaves. He drifts lazily through the soft foliage. Soon he starts coughing and drops dead."

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